tur·​bo·​jet | \ ˈtər-bō-ˌjet How to pronounce turbojet (audio) \

Definition of turbojet

1 : an airplane powered by turbojet engines

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Recent Examples on the Web Introduced in 1969, the supersonic airliner powered by turbojet could transport passengers from Western Europe to the East Coast of the United States in 3 1/2 hours. Natalie B. Compton, chicagotribune.com, "The Golden Age of airplane food is over; the future is snacks, sustainability," 21 Oct. 2019 Modern cruise missiles use turbojet or turbofan engines and typically have ranges of 1,000 miles or so, a limit that is dictated by their fuel supply. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Conducts a New Test of its Nuclear-Powered Cruise Missile," 6 Feb. 2019 Buresvestnik uses a gasoline powered engine, probably a turbojet, to take off. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Putin’s New Missiles Are Having Decidedly Mixed Success," 25 Mar. 2019 Designed by Boeing, the dagger-like jets would be raised up on launch platforms nose-first and then boosted into the sky by three 23,000-pound Wright SE-105 turbojets. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Could Have Had a Submarine Aircraft Carrier," 21 Nov. 2018 Concerns over the sonic boom first arose with the introduction of the Concorde – the infamous British-French passenger turbojet that could hit a maximum speed over twice the speed of sound. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Supersonic planes could make big comeback with quieter, 'low-boom' NASA aircraft," 5 Apr. 2018 But in 1951, the state-of-the-art turbojet was the J47-GE engine used by the B-47 strategic bomber, which generated about 7.2 megawatts at maximum power and 5,200 pounds (23kN) of thrust. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Best bad idea ever? Why Putin’s nuclear-powered missile is possible… and awful," 22 Mar. 2018 These temperatures are a fraction of those seen in a typical commercial jet engine; the combustion chamber of a conventional turbojet can reach 2,000 degrees Celsius. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Best bad idea ever? Why Putin’s nuclear-powered missile is possible… and awful," 22 Mar. 2018 This means the ramjet can activate only after some other engine—in this case a turbojet—accelerates the vehicle to a high speed forcing air into the ramjet’s air inlet. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "Ukraine Is Building a Spaceplane for...Saudi Arabia?," 14 Mar. 2018

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1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Turbojet.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turbojet. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of turbojet

: an airplane that has a turbojet engine

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